FelaKuti

‘Fela!’ May Be Headed to Nigeria
The Jay-Z and Smith family-produced musical 'Fela!' may have ended its run on Broadway last Sunday, but it appears that the show will go on. The play's lead producer, Stephen Hendel, says that he intends to bring the show on the road and wants to play a few dates in the Nigerian capit…
Beyonce Looks to MJ, Lauryn Hill, Fela Kuti for Inspiration
Beyonce has taken something of a hiatus from music over the past year, using a much-needed break to rest and work on new ideas for her next album. Now, one of the more innovative pop stars in the world is coming back and intends to mix every genre she loves into a brand new beast...
Jay-Z and Will Smith-Funded ‘Fela!’ Snags 11 Tony Nods
The Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith-funded musical 'Fela!' was nominated for a whopping 11 Tony Awards when the nominations were announced early Tuesday (May 4). The production, based on the life of Nigerian musician-turned-activist Fela Kuti, received rave reviews when it opened at …
Mos Def Bringing Groove to 2010 Glastonbury
Glastonbury is on of the U.K.'s most epic festivals. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year from June 24-27, promoters are slowly leaking the names of 600 acts expected to perform across a ton of stages over the course of four long days...
Questlove Praises the Funkiness of Fela Kuti
"Music is a weapon," Fela Kuti once said. "Music is a thing of the future. Music is the weapon of the future." Indeed, years later the Afrobeat pioneer's own music would go on to become part of hip-hop's arsenal. Roots drummer Questlove recently sat down to talk about how the Wes…